Posts Tagged ‘PAU tests’

PAU test sheet

11 December 2011

NAME AND SURNAME……………………………………………………………………………

DATE……………….. CLASS GROUP …………

PAU test sheet

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1. Read the text and all the questions once. Then, have a look at the text again and underline some sentences or words of relevance. Reread the text as many times as you need (Using a dictionary that day is a good idea)

2. The tests or exams are always centered on a text. Most questions are concerned with vocabulary and grammar. The student should have acquired knowledge of some grammar points and lots of vocabulary. If the student is keen on reading and likes looking for words and meanings in dictionaries, much better.

3. It is important to have a good grammar basis on certain points such as verbal tenses, structures and formulas. In grammar, there are several aspects to take into account: passive voice, reported speech or indirect speech, modal verbs, relative clauses and conditional sentences. Also, formulas of the kind “I wish you were here” or “Susan´s mother had her hair cut yesterday morning” are of great relevance.

4. In Bachillerato2 the student has to cope with lots of words-vocabulary-, linking words(“although”, “however”, “on the other hand”, “that is”, “such as”), phrasal verbs(“put up with”, “look for”, “get on well with”) , idiomatic expressions (“be fed up with”, “it´s none of your business”, “out of the blue”) and some others. There are some main structures, formulas and vocabulary expressions to learn, as well as the use of false friends if one expects to be good at English language.

5. It is also important to practise writing essays, short ones of about 30 or 40 words and be fluent at writing. A good reader can be a good writer.

6. TESTS: there will be tests very often that might be marked with some numbers and which will affect the general mark of the term. These tests may be on reading, translation, dictation or PAU. It is possible that you take one test only or more than one test. Some tests will be SURPRISE TESTS on your “PAU test or reading day”. Every test counts.

Eugenio Fouz

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Planning a perfect weekly plan in my English language class

9 October 2011

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

 (“Fight Club” film directed by David Fincher.-1999)

The perfect week should have an appearance like this, more or less:

#grammar explanation, audio listening of some texts, book work, word list, parallel papers (extra exercises, vocabulary, set expressions, news, etc), workbook time

#grammar explanation (II), audio listening (II), correction of exercises from the book, workbook time, parallel papers, reading aloud

#correction of exercises from the book, correction of exercises from the workbook on board, wordlist, SMS-translation of Spanish short messages into English-, translation day with dictionaries/short essay writing on an easy topic (around 20 or 30 words), PAU tests simplified

*homework and AV or MOODLE invitation, watching short videos, Question & Answer talks live in class, choral messages, drawing, telling stories, etcetera

Wondering about PAU tests

16 April 2011

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

(Forges)

 I think that teachers and people involved in Education have the choice to demand strict exams and the best of evaluation for the sake of doing things right. Of course, it would be expected an oral interview with every student to check  fluency, vocabulary and improvisation. Wouldn´t it be interesting the way a candidate acts in a roleplay situation?

Sometimes the basic issues are taken for granted. Basics must always be tested. Any student should know to tell the time, start a conversation or say hello and yes, please or you´re welcome. Everyone studying Baccalaureate is able to describe a friend, make an appointment or talk about his plans for the weekend. Also, a good student must be able to write and say numbers in an appropriate way. He should read acceptably well too.

Any candidate for a pass in PAU examination must write essays and write a variety of texts such as letters or short opinions clearly and coherently. A good student is polite and shows curiosity about society and the entire world. It is not a crazy belief to think of students as newspaper readers.

Dictionaries are companions to average students as well as grammar books,  history books and any kind of books. Students are curious about health, geography or the spelling of new words.-

A bad student never uses a dictionary and is not interested in lexis.

You know the bad student because of his laziness to borrow books from the library or to buy a book, a novel or read any story. The bad student hardly ever takes notes in the classroom.

The tests must test knowledge and skills and not only written skills but oral skills too. The results of a PAU test should not be considered as an aim to reach.

It is the process of fair teaching and good learning what matters.

Ideas and suggestions for PAU tests

27 March 2011

twitter: @eugenio_fouz

(Fotografía: Lluvia en Málaga, Marzo 2011. – LAVERDAD- Agencia EFE)

1. don´t get obsessed with the test and consider it just what it is, a simple test which counts a percentage of your final mark. Of course everyone here wants you to get the highest of it. Take into account what you learn, the words you use in class and in everyday situations.

2.as you know, the PAU test is based on a text. The text is the core of the exam. If you understand the text then you will be able to do a good job. For the understanding of the text you should have learnt certain grammatical structures (reported speech, conditional sentences, relative clauses, passive voice) and vocabulary (mainly phrasal verbs, expressions, idioms, abbreviations, words, linking words, etc).

3.use dictionaries (don´t get the wrong idea of not using a dictionary to get used to doing the test. If you had started years ago, imagine how many words you wouldn´t have known today)

4.to be good at English language you must get into the habit of reading very often and writing and taking notes. Listening to real English language via radio,podcasts, telephone, the internet, TV, stays in the UK or any other acceptable way.

5.be interested in English culture: the History of England, Literature, Politics, Society, et cetera.

6.getting good results in exams is just a consequence of having studied and practised a lot of English language through texts, dialogues, dictations, readings, audios, and so on. In Baccalaureate 2 you will learn and practise plenty of these things.

7.there are some Graded Readers suggested this year which are not obligatory part of the syllabus, but an optional activity. I strongly recommend you to read these books and some others with the help of a dictionary.

8.in our Community there is an enormous web page for teachers and students that provides all of us with many texts PAU like via a web called “the Educarm Times”. A good idea is to download these and try to translate into Spanish as a starter.

9.you are supposed to be a responsible, educated citizen in future days with your own criteria on politics and social life and therefore a certain interest on mass media (TV, radio, internet, press) is expected from you. In fact, the texts for PAU exams are based mainly on newspapers and TV newsreels.


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